A Light Shines on St. Patrick’s Day

Saint Patrick's day is never over until I pay homage to my Irish ancestors. My great-great-grandfather Patrick McCabe was born on March 17, 1840, the patriarch of our clan. 
 
March 17, 2006. After a day of celebration in downtown Savannah, I ended St Patrick's Day at the gravesite of my Irish ancestors in Catholic Cemetery as I always do. My great-great grandfather Patrick McCabe was born on St Patrick's Day 1840 in Meath, Ireland. He died in 1901 and is buried in the shadow of the monument to the Irish Jasper Greens, with whom he fought during the Civil War. The Greens were a military unit made up of Irish immigrants living in Savannah. They fought under the Irish flag– not the Confederate–and wore uniforms of blue trimmed in Kelly green. They had a reputation for shooting anyone who wasn't one of them. When the battle began, no one who wasn't IJG wanted to be anywhere around them no matter whose side you were on. 
 
It is the evening of St Patrick's Day. The sun is going down. My wife and I are the only living visitors in Catholic Cemetery. We can hear the party still raging downtown just a few short miles away. Suddenly, the sound of the party moves closer, as if a parade is headed our way. The air becomes electrically charged and we feel the presence of hundreds of people even though we can't see them: a column of soldiers marching 
down the land directly behind the IJG monument. At the head of the column, a bright shaft of emerald green light moves through the cemetery, making a right turn down the path running to the right of the monument. We watch in awe-struck silence as the procession moves past us and then disappears. 
 
Cristina had the remarkable presence of mind to take three photographs of this incredible occurrence. One can see the shaft of green light tilted at an angle and in three different positions in relation to the monument. It is not a reflection. It is a clear depiction of the scene we saw with our naked eye. And of all the things I've ever seen, nothing can compare to St Patrick's Day 2006 when the Irish Jasper Greens marched into Catholic Cemetery

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